Cream scones

So I turned 30 last week and, to celebrate, we threw a Pride and Prejudice-themed party, with tiny sandwiches, cakes and, of course, scones. Most of the scones I’ve made previously have had cheese or blueberries or something thrown into the mix, but I planned to serve these British-style with jam and clotted cream, so…

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Lemon icebox pie

A friend’s 30th birthday called for a special birthday pie, and I was told he loved lemon, berries and nuts. This icebox pie seemed just the ticket, not only because it involves lemon but crucially because I could make it in advance the previous night (I satisfied the love for berries and nuts by making the blueberry…

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Chocolate soufflé cake

A friend’s birthday called for the making of something celebratory. I was told she loves chocolate, so a chocolate soufflé cake seemed like a natural choice. The original recipe was a cranberry-chocolate cake; however, I adapted it somewhat to allow for the fact that I couldn’t find cranberries.

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Mincemeat pies

Hosting a British-themed holiday dinner called for some very specific British classics and that included mincemeat pies. Dating back several hundred years, it was of course originally made with actual meat. We opted for a more modern rendition of fruit and spices.

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Apple cider cream pie

Since I knew I’d be baking a pumpkin chiffon pie, I thought I could try something new and different for the second Thanksgiving pie. A recipe for apple cider cream pie sounded intriguing, but there were a few alterations we thought we’d try. Several of the reviews had issues with the pie crust, so I…

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Bacon apple pie

When I ran across this recipe, I thought it was a match made in gastronomical heaven. All of our favourite things come together–pie, bacon, apples! What a great way to celebrate the flavours of fall.

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Spiced apple turnovers

Despite the lovely weather we’ve been having, it is officially fall, and with that comes all the delicious flavours of the season! A friend’s housewarming party provided the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe for smaller, portable apple pies.

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Blueberry sour cream pie

A friend’s housewarming BBQ called for a new dessert that was easy to transport. This recipe for blueberry sour cream pie caught my eye, as it seemed relatively straightforward and full of delicious things I enjoy, including pecans and blueberries. Thankfully, we’ve finally hit the season where blueberries are plentiful and relatively inexpensive.

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Key lime pie

An unused bag of key limes sitting in our fridge upon returning from our trip inspired my first attempt at a classic key lime pie. I had actually only tried it for the first time within the last couple of months, so delicious first impressions of its tart-sweet flavour combination were fresh in my memory….

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